Having a fall can be a frightening and shocking experience. Whether the fall takes place indoors or outdoors, at home or away, it can make a person feel vulnerable. This is especially true for an older person and if this leads to a fear of falling, it can have a big impact on their quality of life.
According to the NHS, Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls. Depending on the circumstances of the fall and whether an injury was sustained some people can become less confident, less independent and more socially isolated.
Fortunately, a lot of falls are preventable, and many things can be done to reduce the chances of having a fall. Join us at BDAA and We Care Home Improvements for a webinar based around safety in the home and preventing falls; which will have useful information and guidance whether you are a carer, a healthcare professional, if you have had a fall or are at risk of having a fall.
You can expect to hear from We Care about the services that are available to help keep you safe and independent in your own home, as well as our partnership with the NHS to make homes safe following hospital discharge.
Rob Wigmore from the NHS Discharge to Assess team will be joining us to discuss his experience working in hospitals and the work that D2A are doing to support people who have had a fall. Tony Hall, Chair of BDAA, will be focusing on information to help those who are living with Dementia.
Here are some local organisations which can help:
Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service: If someone you know is affected by dementia contact the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service for advice here
Bristol City Council has advice for people who are vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you, a family member or a neighbour and need help with shopping or other essential tasks, or are feeling isolated:
Alzheimer’s Society Bristol have advice on their web page here.
Call their helpline Dementia Connect on: 0333 150 3456
You can also join in their online forum called Talking Point.
Age UK Bristol have developed a support hub during the COVID-19 outbreak, click here to access this.